Eric Freeman

  • Rating the items in Riley Curry's giant playhouse on a scale of 1 to Fun

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    NBA MVP Stephen Curry, his wife Ayesha, and their daughters Riley and Ryan have quickly become basketball’s most visible family. While the attention hasn’t always been positive, the Currys have welcomed their status as celebrities. In addition to Steph’s prowess as a basketball star and pitchman, Ayesha has a television show and growing lifestyle brand. Riley is not exactly a child star, but she’s the most popular NBA child by some distance and a subject of plenty of internet and news stories. (Ryan is a little more than a year old and at this point in life mostly seems focused on running around.)

    Being that famous has its perks. For instance, when the TLC’s “Playhouse Masters” needed a participant to drum up publicity for the new series, they turned to Riley and her family for some help. The upshot is that Riley Curry has a new pony-themed playhouse that is bigger than many houses. Watch the clip of the big reveal here, and take a look at this beautiful exterior:

    A photo posted by Charmed Playhouses (@charmedplayhouses) on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:25am PDT

    A Couch: 3

    A ladder: FUN

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  • David Robinson cautions that Durant and Warriors have short title window

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Despite the recent break provided by the Olympics, the bulk of this NBA offseason has been occupied by discussion and emotion regarding Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors. Like LeBron James before him, Durant has helped create a new overwhelming title favorite. It just happens to be the same overwhelming title favorite we had last season.

    However, the most sober analysts have argued that the acquisiton of Durant guarantees nothing for Golden State. After all, LeBron and the Miami Heat only one two titles in their four seasons together. There’s no telling how star players will age, which role players will step up to help, and how other teams will reload and grow to become serious challengers.

    In fact, one two-time champion thinks that the Warriors actually have a short window to win their championships. Here’s what San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson told Zach Frydenlund of Complex.com:

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  • John Wall and Bradley Beal are trying to learn to like each other

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    NBA teams’ rebuilding plans often do not go according to plan, although not always because the young players involved prove to be busts. Building a successful squad is often about fit more than talent and development, to the point where the team can disappoint even if the individual players can be said to have done nothing especially wrong. It’s an inexact science.

    The Washington Wizards have been an excellent example of that difficulty. General manager Ernie Grunfeld opened this decade by selecting two very promising guards in John Wall (the first-overall pick in 2010) and Bradley Beal (third in 2012), and both have impressed enough to earn max-level contracts as the future leaders of the franchise. At the same time, the duo has not exactly dominated the East. Whether due to injuries, lackluster coaching, or other variables, Wall and Beal have not led the Wizards to steady improvement and a hoped-for position as the clearest challengers to the Cleveland Cavaliers for conference supremacy.

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  • Could Wilson Chandler's 350-lb grouper start for the Denver Nuggets?

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Most NBA fans’ eyes were on Team USA’s gold-medal winning performance in Rio de Janeiro, but for me the most fascinating story of the weekend involved veteran Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler. The 29-year-old decided to do a little deep-sea fishing, a day of fun enjoyed by many Americans every year.

    But Chandler didn’t make the news because he had a few beers and caught a few moderately sized fish on the open water. It’s because he caught a 350-pound grouper that looks like something out of a science fiction movie.

    Huge Goliath grouper caught by Wilson Chandler from the @nuggets #blacktiph #fishing #goliathgrouper pic.twitter.com/moUsOWmcOE

    — BlacktipH (@BlacktipH) August 21, 2016

    @blacktiph 350 lbs

    A video posted by Wilson Chandler (@illwil21) on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:47pm PDT

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  • U.S. women's basketball cruises past Spain for 6th consecutive gold

    Eric Freeman at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

    Lucky stars of Rio: Simone Biles gets thanks from 6-year-old | Bolt does it again in 200 | Finding a blessing in a last-place finish

    USA Basketball’s senior women’s national team came to Rio de Janeiro as the overwhelming favorite to capture its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. They achieved that goal with little trouble. But that’s not to say the achievement was dull — if anything, it was more impressive than expected.

    As ever, though, simply identifying a few stellar performances does not communicate the quality of the win. This is a roster of universally terrific players who contribute plenty at both ends and know each other well enough to work together. Any would be the star for every other team in the Olympics.

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  • Serbia throttles punchless Australia, will face USA for hoops gold

    Eric Freeman at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

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    Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news

    Australia came into its Olympic men’s basketball semifinal with Serbia as clear a favorite, having lost only to the United States in the tournament and coming off a dominant victory over Lithuania in Wednesday’s quarterfinal. With notable NBA players like Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills playing very well and the team looking like a cohesive unit, the Boomers seemed in excellent position to play for gold against the United States on Sunday and clinch their first-ever Olympic men’s basketball medal.

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  • Michael Malone's family hasn't worn purple since the Kings fired him

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings have made several questionable and baffling decisions over the past few seasons — some of which have been identified by their own star player. Yet it’s arguable that the worst of the bunch remains the December 2014 firing of head coach Michael Malone, who had held the job for all of 106 games and succeeded in improving the defense and winning over the notoriously difficult DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings quit on Malone in the midst of a losing streak precipitated by an injury to their best player, and it struck most every observer as a sign of organizational instability.

    “I have not (worn purple since the firing),” Malone said recently on an ESPN podcast. “And what I really love about that is I haven’t, it’s my wife’s favorite color, she hasn’t, and my daughters haven’t. It’s almost become taboo, forbidden in our household.” […]

    “It’s really funny though,” Malone continued. “I had a bunch of purple ties and stuff, because you try to work in your home colors, but I think I donated them to the national suit drive last year.”

  • U.S. women's basketball pulls away from France, will play for sixth straight gold

    Eric Freeman at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

    Lucky stars of Rio: Walsh Jennings/Ross rally for bronze | Clement adds to U.S. gold haul | Turning a last-place finish into a blessing

    Opponents typically need to play their best game to challenge the United States’ senior women’s basketball. As this Olympic tournament nears its end, though, it looks increasingly clear that those impressive efforts are not nearly enough to dethrone the best national team in the world.

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  • Serbia uses big third to surge past Croatia, holds on to make semis

    Eric Freeman at Fourth-Place Medal 7 days ago

    Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news

    The first three of Wednesday’s Olympic men’s basketball quarterfinals were one-sided contests, blowouts that sent Australia, Spain and the United States into the medal round. The final matchup between Serbia and Croatia was far different and was not decided until the last few seconds.

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    Serbia will move on to face Australia, the second-best team of the preliminary round. These teams played each other in their second game in Group A, with Australia prevailing 95-80 in what was a one-possession game until the final few minutes. The Boomers will be favorites to win Friday’s semifinal, but the Serbians has proven that they have the mettle to win tight games with solid execution. Expect a well-played, hard-fought contest.

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  • Argentina says emotional goodbye to Ginobili-led golden generation

    Eric Freeman at Fourth-Place Medal 7 days ago

    Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news

    Argentina came up well short in its attempt to defeat heavily favored Team USA in Wednesday’s men’s basketball quarterfinal, but it’s quite likely that the losing side was responsible for most of the game’s memorable moments. Argentina’s elimination marked the final game for its golden generation of stars, winners of Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and undoubtedly one of the greatest international basketball teams of all time. Although not all of Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Carlos Delfino have officially retired from international play, all were expected to finish up their careers for their country in Rio de Janeiro.

    Their team is down 28 in the fourth quarter… pic.twitter.com/c3JbX5VYFv

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